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Lahm receives prestigious award

Philipp Lahm has been honoured with a Bambi, a prestigious German award recognising “people with vision and creativity, whose outstanding success and achievement in the previous year has been reflected in the media.” The FC Bayern captain joined Miroslav Klose at Berlin Stage Theater on Thursday evening to be presented with the jury’s honorary Bambi by Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose citation described his former Germany team-mates as “exceptional”. Lahm dedicated his Bambi to the fans and the team: “The Bambi belongs to all of us. We’re all world champions.” The awards were being presented for the 66th time.

Big win for Benatia

Bayern defender Medhi Benatia won big with his national team on Thursday evening when Morocco defeated Benin 6-1 in Agadir. Nordin Amrabat (7), Abderazzak Hamdallah (28, 81), Omar El Kaddouri (31), Ayoub El Khaliqi (60) and Marouane Chamakh (90) scored for the home team, with Rudy Gestede netting the visitors’ solitary goal on the stroke of half-time.

Guardiola delivers tribute

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola also performed an important duty on Thursday evening when he delivered the tribute to star tenor José Carreras, recipient of the Bavarian Stifterpreis in Munich. Carreras was awarded the €25,000 prize for his efforts in the battle against leukaemia, as the Care-for-Rare Foundation and the Werner-Reichenberger-Stiftung announced. “He devotes all his energies to help give kids a chance against this illness,” Guardiola declared. “His example has inspired many others.”